My friend Clare who took in the chicks born from the project at her son’s school could only take them in temporarily and took them to Willow’s Sanctuary to start their new life. Unfortunately not all good news, this is what she said
“I said goodbye to my chicks at the weekend when I dropped them off at their new home at Willows Animal Sanctuary in Aberdeenshire. They seemed quite at home in their new surroundings. Sadly, Willows owner told me that they are a breed of bird designed for slaughter and as such they will not have a very long life expectancy.”
But thanks to the sanctuary, I understand they are having some financial difficulties and any help would be appreciated. You can find them here
On other matters, I have been busy writing to schools, emailing and sending leaflets, I wonder if I will be getting any kind of feedback to this page soon? I hope to be able to at least make people think about the wider issues here and that what they are actually teaching children is that animals are disposable. The chicks that are sent to farms are destined for a short working life and I wonder what they think happens to the boy chicks? The boy chicks are very difficult to rehome, many people don’t want them as they don’t want to breed their chickens, it’s difficult to have more than one because they fight etc. I would like to know what the farms do with the roosters once they are unsuitable for breeding, no farmer keeps unproductive animals. I hope people can see beyond their unrealistic image of hens pottering about a huge free range field. Not the reality.